So much of what I know about beer writing comes from two authors: Garrett Oliver and Michael Jackson.
Oliver, the head brewer at Brooklyn Brewery and author of “The Brewmaster’s Table,” changed my professional life. It was after poring through that book on beer history, style, and pairing that nudged me in the direction of spreading the gospel of craft.
Jackson, however, was the godfather of modern beer writing. Indeed, as Tom Acitelli posits in his profile of Jackson in “The Audacity of Hops” (Chicago Review Press), Jackson was “perhaps the most influential food writer on any one subject of the twentieth century.” Jackson surely deserves his own biography, but Acitelli’s all-too-brief chapter on whom he calls “The Bard of Beer” serves as a welcome British diversion in a craft beer history book about the most influential American players. Continue reading “Beer’s Debt to Jackson, 1976-1977: “The Audacity of Hops” review (part 3)”